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Domaine Billaud-Simon - Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses 2015


The Chablis wine region stretches along the Serein valley and across 19 communes. Chablis, known as the "Golden Gate of Burgundy", is dedicated to the production of a clear, aromatic, fresh white wine whose name is synonym of “minerality”.

Terroir: Grand Cru Les Preuses covers 11.5 hectares sitting with an inlcined south/southeast exposure bordering Vaudésir to the east and Bougros to the west. Soils here well drained and are made up primarily kimmeridgian (clay and limestone).

Vinification: Manual harvesting is carried out at optimum ripeness levels (between 12 and 13°). The grapes are pressed in our pneumatic press and the musts then undergo cold maceration for a 5 to 7 day period before being settled and vinified. The alcoholic fermentation lasts between 15 to 18 days at the Domaine. The malolactic fermentation is usually initiated in December. The wine is aged for around 14 months including a period of time in French oak barrels if necessary. The wine is racked twice before being bottled in late autumn.

Additional Details edit

Light yellow with a golden core. The nose is rich yet delicate and dominated by mineral, creamy, floral, honeyed notes and dried fruits. The attack is precise followed by a powerful and distinctive mid-palate that reveals its clay-limestone terroir. Citrus notes blend with mineral and iodised flavors in this remarkable wine from an exceptional terroir.
  • Appellation: Chablis
  • Winemaker: Olivier Bailly
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Kimmeridgian
  • Vineyard Acreage: 12ha total
  • Avg Vine Age: 60+ years
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  • Alcohol: 13%
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  • Residual Sugar: textinput
  • Avg Production: 16,000 bottles
  • Sizes Available: 750ml, 1.5l
  • Pack Size: 6/750ml, 3/1.5l
  • Varietals: 100% Chardonnay

Recent News edit

Vinous Rating: 90

Author: Stephen Tanzer

Date: Friday, August 11, 2017

Bright medium yellow. Very spicy (a few barriques were used here) pineapple and smoke aromas. Plush, spicy and slightly sweet, showing an almost glyceral texture but lacking the typical delicate floral quality of this grand cru. A touch of citrus zest firms the finish but will this wine ever make an elegant drink?

Wine Spectator Rating: 90

Author: Bruce Sanderson

Date: Friday, August 4, 2017

A ripe style, this evokes apricot, melon, jasmine and fennel flavors backed by lively acidity. Fine length, tailing off slightly at the end. Drink now through 2023.


Author: Allen Meadows

Date: Friday, February 10, 2017

This is noticeably more reserved with its pure nose of green fruit, mineral reduction and sea shore scents. The palate impression of the slightly more voluminous flavors manages to combine richness with refinement that continues onto the mouth coating, sappy and well-balanced finish. This notably pretty effort should benefit from a few years of cellar time to develop more depth.


Author: Stephen Tanzer

Date: Friday, February 10, 2017

(all in stainless steel): Exotic aromas of pineapple, banana and orange blossom. Quite plush and rich, with pineapple and menthol flavors--and 13.6% alcohol--showing the exotic side of the vintage. Large-scaled for Preuses and not especially floral, finishing with a slightly edgy quality. But not hailed on.